Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Beauty & Accessory Picks Under $150

Nordstrom is not a place I shop frequently but when they run their Anniversary Sale in July, I get pretty excited! You can usually score great discounts on new merch that will be launching the following season (aka fall goodies)!

Last year I picked up a Michael Kors watch and a Ted Baker satchel that were both 50% off! I really didn’t have a shopping game plan for last year’s sale but this year I’m breaking down my top beauty and accessory picks. And although only cardholders have access to the sale right now, July 21st (when the rest of us can shop) is right around the corner! So if you plan on visiting Nordstrom for the sale, make a plan ahead of time and stick to it…. to avoid draining your bank account of course haha!

Bloggers all over the world have narrowed down their fashion favorites from the sale (and I’ve liked/saved/favorited each one of their guides), but as for my 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale breakdown, I’m sharing my beauty and accessory wish list which consists of 8 items UNDER $150 each! These items, after the sale, will increase dramatically in price!

So here’s my wish list for this year’s sale! If you love everything blush, nude lips, and fun flats – this guide is for you too, darlin’!

 

 

 


Ted Baker Dajana Bag

I bought a similar Ted Baker bag at last year’s sale! His designs are just the cutest and I’m especially loving this blush colored satchel!


Halogen “Oliver” Ankle Wrap Flats

These have so much character! I think they’d be a great summer-to-fall transition shoe!


Diptyque Candle Set

I’ve heard the rage about these candles and I think I might be ready to test them out for myself! I love that this year’s Nordy sale offers several minis in a set for a reasonable price! Unfortunately these have SOLD OUT online but may be available in stores!


YSL Lip Set

Like I need another lippie… I can still wish right? The packaging is dreamy and I love the nude shade set.


Kendra Scott “Elle” Filigree Earrings

I’ve been eyeing Kendra Scott’s designs forever. Of course most of her pieces come with a steeper price tag but I think the sale price of these lovely little earrings is very reasonable! Now, the hard part is deciding which of the 3 metals I like the best!


Nars Angel Pride Cheek Palette

What I love most about this palette is that there’s so much included. You get a bronzer, blush, a highlighting shade, and a contour shade. If you’re someone that travels a lot, this might be your go-to just for the convenience alone!


Nike Free Focus Flyknit 2

I’d workout more if I had these… or at least that’s what I’m telling myself! I simply love the color of these sneaks!


Nadri Crossover Ring

I’ve always loved this ring style. Truthfully, it’s everywhere for various price points but I’m a big fan of Nadri and I know they make quality jewelry so I’ve held off on the cheaper crossover rings at places like Forever 21 (which have similar styles for $9 but will turn green after about 2 weeks).

 

The Loveliest Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Her

 

Happy February, loves! In case you forgot, Valentine’s Day is just 13 days away now and if you’re on the hunt for thoughtful, swoon-worthy gifts then keep on reading!

Valentine’s Day is all about spreading love! Of course it’s become an extremely commercialized holiday, but who doesn’t love receiving a dozen roses, chocolate, and a new piece of jewelry? Even if you don’t have a significant other, this day can be used to show the people you do have in your life just how much they’re loved. That’s what I love the most about February 14th!

There are so many ways to celebrate the day and show your love. Sometimes it’s the gifts that cost the least that say the most! For this post though, I’m sharing the trendiest gifts of the season and the classics.

I’ve created a Valentine’s-inspired gift guide for all the beautiful ladies in your life! Whether you’re shopping for your BFFs, for mom, or the love of your life, these picks will have them feeling loved, pampered, and beautiful!


  • CHLOE “LOVE STORY” PERFUME – This is the most romantic and feminine fragrance! If you’re not sure you want to splurge on a big bottle or you’re worried she won’t like it, pick up the rollerball size and pair it with a bouquet of fresh flowers!
  • ROSES – You can’t go wrong with a dozen red roses! They’re iconic and beautiful. For bonus points, snip the stems to size and arrange them in a vase. For even more bonus points, get creative and arrange them in a non-traditional way or have them ordered in the shape of a heart!
  • SEPHORA FAVORITES “GIVE ME SOME NUDE LIP” SET – If she’s obsessed with lipstick or she’s been wanting to try out subtle lip colors, this is your set. It comes with 6 different colors by buzz-worthy brands!
  • ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS “MODERN RENAISSANCE” PALETTE – If she has a slight makeup obsession and she does not already own this palette, RUN and order this for her! This is the hottest eye shadow palette on the market right now. No other makeup product says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like this one does! I mean, just look at those colors!
  • KATE SPADE CRYSTAL HINGE BANGLE – This is such a beautiful rose gold bangle. It’s elegant and simple with the perfect touch of sparkle.
  • LUSH “ROSE BOMBSHELL” BATH BOMB – Not only does this bath bomb smell amazing, but it lets out real rose petals as it’s dissolving! If she’s not already on the Lush Bath Bomb train, do her a favor and buy her a ticket!
  • KATE SPADE “BE MINE” COIN PURSE – Isn’t this cute? Every time she reaches for some change, she’ll think of you!
  • LUSH “ROSE JAM” BUBBLEROON– For the most delicious, bubbly bath she’ll ever have! This bubble bar creates mounds of bubbles and the softest skin!
  • H&M “LOVE” NECKLACE – This would be such a cute Galentine’s gift for the girls! It’s the most delicate and charming necklace and it’s only $6!
  • OPI NAIL POLISH – If she’s more of a do-it-herself type of girl, swing by your local TJ Maxx or Marshalls and pick up a few bottles of OPI nail polish! They’re only $4 (normally $10)! This is a great gift for your friends too! Throw a few in a cute gift bag with some Dove chocolate!
  • LAFONN CLASSIC SQUARE HALO RING – I’m swooning over this rose gold dream of a ring! It’s just the perfect dose of blush tones and diamonds!
  • AVEDA SPA DAY– Brown Aveda Institutes offer really great prices on spa services because they are learning facilities. You’d never know the difference though! For less than $40, she can have the most relaxing facial! Just scope out your nearest school and grab a gift card!

The Ultimate Girly Gift Guide

 

In case you forgot, Christmas is now less than 10 days away! Hopefully most of your shopping is done but if it’s not – I got you! I’m sharing the prettiest, girliest gift guide tonight! I’ve fallen in love with/currently use a few of these items already but as for the one’s that haven’t made their way into my possession… I’m hoping Santa finds his way to this guide haha (hashtag nice list)!

But if your man is looking for ideas of what to get you or you don’t know what to get your bestie, your mom, your sister, your cousin or any other princess in your life, I’ve rounded up my favorite gift ideas for 2016!

Hopefully this makes life a little easier for you! A lot of what I’ve added to this gift guide is on sale too, but don’t wait until Christmas Eve! These items are hot and they’re going fast!

Gift giving doesn’t have to be stressful! Share this Ultimate Girly Gift Guide as much as you’d like, leave as many subtle hints (aka copy and paste this link in a text message to bae), and re-pin it on Pinterest!

Every item is linked below for your convenience! Also, make sure you run through my money saving tips here before hitting stores! Happy shopping, beauties!

 

 

 

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Never Pay Retail: 8 Ways To Shop Smart

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Can you believe it’s December? That means Christmas is only 25 days away and it’s time to get shopping for those gifts! Maybe you’ve already started shopping or you’re already finished (you go, girl!) but if you haven’t or you’re panicking about having a small budget this year, I’ve put together 8 great tips on how to shop smart this holiday season!

A very important piece of my blog is smart shopping! You don’t have to go broke trying to keep up with beauty trends, hot accessories, and quality products. I’ve learned a few tricks along the way, which is absolutely necessary if you’re obsessed with makeup and labels! There are so many ways to get what you want without ever paying full price! About 99% of the time, I don’t pay retail! You shouldn’t either!

Below are some of my favorite ways to save at my favorite stores! P.s. number 8 is the key to it all!

  1. Sign up to receive e-mails – Usually you’ll be prompted to opt in shortly after visiting a brand or store’s website. Yes, sometimes these can get spam-y but this is a great way to save money on your favorite items that rarely go on sale especially if you’re a first-time subscriber. Often times you’ll receive exclusive deals too! Tip: if the frequency of these e-mails annoys you, mark them as “junk”. That way they’ll always be sent to the “junk” folder and you can check that folder when you actually need a deal on a particular store or item.
  2. Visit your local TJ Maxx, Marshall’s or HomeGoods store – Is anyone else obsessed with these stores? With the chain receiving 10,000 new items weekly, it’s hard not to find a great deal! They always have designer items and unique accessories, which are priced significantly lower than department stores etc. Recently I found some Stila Illuminating Liquid foundation (regularly $38) for just $12.99 and in my shade! I also ALWAYS buy my OPI nail polish from TJ Maxx. They have newer and popular shades at just $3.99 (versus $10). I just picked up “Big Apple Red“, one of OPI’s best selling shades of red!
  3. Rewards Programs – This is a must if you’re a frequent flyer! If you prefer one store for items you frequently purchase, sign up for their rewards program. My favorite is Ulta’s! They offer 20% off coupons a few times during the year, $10 off any purchase (even prestige brands) for your birthday, points which can be used as cash towards ANY item in the store, and their Platinum Rewards Program is even better! You receive free gifts on your birthday and they often run exclusive (and absolutely fantastic) deals for Platinum members. Check it out!
  4. The “Shopular” app – I love, love, love this app and it’s free! This is my go-to when I’m out shopping and need to know if a certain store is running a sale or has a coupon code out. You can select which stores you want to see in your feed or search for them as needed. Also, if you’re not a fan of my first tip, this is your app. You will receive most of the same deals and codes as those who receive e-mails from stores. Shopular also just paired up with ebates so now you can earn cash back on online purchases!
  5. Do The Math! – No seriously…. if you can’t do it in your head, pull out your phone! Here’s why I say this: Usually beauty products come in different shapes, sizes, and quantities. For example, if you buy your shampoo at Ulta, you’ll often have the option of a regular size or the liter size. If you do the math, you’ll almost always find that you get more product for your money when you buy the liter. Divide the ounces by the price and that will give you the price per ounce. Yes, you might have to spend more up front but in actuality, you’re getting more bang for your buck in the long run!
  6. Invest in a value set or kit – This goes along with number five. Before getting in line with the individual item you thought you wanted, check to see if the item is included in a set or kit. Value sets are huge money savers when it comes to makeup up and other products. I never buy my mascara, primer, or highlighter individually. I get them in a set. Most brands include the full-size version of what you want along with other items for a fraction of what you’d normally pay for each item separately. Again, you might be spending more in total, but you’re getting MORE! Find a set with a combination of products you normally use and you’re golden!
  7. Keep Calm & Go To Target – Who doesn’t love a Target run? I find myself there more often than I’d like to admit. Because of that, I decided to get a Target REDcard and I also downloaded the cartwheel app. Over the past 9 months, this has saved me over $100 according to my statement! The REDcard takes 5% off your total bill, which usually takes care of the tax! And the cartwheel app allows me to scan each item to see if there are additional deals! I also bring my own cloth bags in the store with me which saves me an extra .05 cents per bag. Oh how I love you, Target! Tip: make sure you pay your bill on time or even right after you check out because you won’t end up saving if you’re late and interest starts accruing.
  8. HERE’S THE KEY: It’s All a Waiting Game – Remember that! It’s the truth! If you wait long enough, you’ll snag fabulous deals. I realize we live in a world where instant gratification might just be our biggest downfall, but if you can learn to be patient, you will save tons! It’s so tempting to “treat yo self” and splurge on that precious, newly launched Kate Spade crossbody or those over-the-knee suede boots but I PROMISE YOU, in a few months (if not weeks), those same boots and that crossbody will be marked down or on the clearance rack. Just wait! Sometimes, and if you wait even longer, stores will offer an additional 20-40% off of sale merchandise. So dear, hold off on that new palette, check your e-mail, and wait for a holiday weekend (big sales) or the season to change! Tip: if you’re able to buy Christmas gifts AFTER Christmas, do so! My mom and I might exchange a few small gifts Christmas morning but we both know that the new Keurig we want or those fabulous OTK boots will most likely be 75% or more off the day after Christmas. So we wait and then shop ‘til we drop a week or so after Christmas!

I hope these tips have helped you! Living beautifully doesn’t have to come with a steep price tag and you don’t have to go into debt if you love fun accessories and trying new products! Next time you’re at the store or browsing online, I challenge you to find a way to pay less than full price. It can be done and it’ll become a habit once you’ve figured out what combination of these tips works best for you.

If you have a great money saving tip that I didn’t mention, please share it with me! Happy shopping, beauties!